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Ted Kennedy Jr. makes run official
The Connecticut Post ^ | April 8, 2014 | Neil Vigdor

Posted on 04/08/2014 9:14:55 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

BRANFORD -- There's a new keeper of the Kennedy flame.

Ted Kennedy Jr. -- cloaking himself in the legacy of his father and uncles, from their familiar cadence to their crusade for social justice to their wavy hair -- finally acquiesced Tuesday to the overtures of Democrats who have long tried to lure the advocate for the disabled into running for office.

The 52-year-old lawyer from Branford launched his candidacy for state Senate during a rally in his hometown, where retiring incumbent Edward Meyer introduced Kennedy as his heir apparent in what could become the most-watched race ever for the Legislature in Connecticut and light a fuse for rival Republicans.

"I'm proud of my family's legacy of standing up for working families, for political, social and economic justice," said Kennedy, a bone cancer survivor whose leg was amputated when he was 12 years old.

A standing-room-only crowd gave Kennedy a rousing reception during his kickoff event in the 19th century Blackstone Library, one meticulously choreographed down to a sign-language interpreter and perfumed flower arrangements on the stage.

"We launch a member of a historic and fabled family," said Meyer, who represents the 12th Senatorial District of shoreline communities east of New Haven.

Kennedy underscored multiple times that he is his own man, citing his case work in the areas of disability laws and the environment.

"I have been a fighter for children and families that have been impacted by environmental contamination and lead poisoning," said the Wesleyan-, Yale- and University of Connecticut-educated Kennedy.

The married father of two also sought to highlight his private-sector experience, mentioning a health care consulting firm he founded in New York City.

"I know the challenges that business people need to go through," Kennedy said.

Chronicling Kennedy's every word in the wings was Chris Ford, a tea party-aligned blogger from Woodbury whose Internet handle is Palin-Smith.

"I don't think there's much we can do about the Kennedy name in Connecticut," Ford said.

Since 2002, the district has been represented by Meyer, of Guilford, who is retiring at age 79. In 1967, Kennedy's uncle, Robert F. Kennedy, appointed Meyer as a federal prosecutor.

The district includes Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison and North Branford.

"Sen. Meyer has been increasingly out of touch in a district which has been trending Republican," state GOP Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. said. "I can't imagine that the voters would now want to move further to the left of Sen. Meyer. This candidacy represents the same liberal orthodoxy employed by (Gov.) Dan Malloy, which is driving people out of our state and wrecking our economy."

By Kennedy standards, running for state Senate is hardly the lofty office that some Democratic stalwarts had envisioned for Kennedy.

"I really feel that state government is the lab for experimentation," Kennedy told reporters following his announcement.

Kennedy is said by multiple sources to have declined several attempts by high-profile Democrats to recruit him to run for the U.S. Senate seat of his father, Edward M. Kennedy, who died in 2009. He also wouldn't bite when John Kerry vacated his U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts to become secretary of state.

"You know what, it didn't feel right," Kennedy told reporters of previous efforts to draft him to run.

State Rep. Lonnie Reed, D-Branford, said Kennedy has carved his own identity.

"You may know that there is some remarkable DNA going on," Reed said. "We all want you to know that Ted Kennedy is very much his own man."

Kennedy said that he will participate in the state's publicly financed election program.

"I know that I don't have all the answers," he said. "I want to bring a common sense and a cooperative tone to government."


TOPICS: Connecticut; Campaign News; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: connecticut; democrats; kennedy; tedkennedy

1 posted on 04/08/2014 9:14:55 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Will he have to drown a woman, as his right of passage?


2 posted on 04/08/2014 9:18:22 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

guess what, this means there will be a new treat on the menu,

the Ted Kennedy Jr Waitress Sandwich, Jr.

now served wherever TK Jr’s drunkenly harssing waitresses.


3 posted on 04/08/2014 9:18:51 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Great. Another Mini Me Kennedy.


4 posted on 04/08/2014 9:21:06 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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5 posted on 04/08/2014 9:21:39 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Of course, Kennedy’s do nothing other than count their stolen money and run for office.


6 posted on 04/08/2014 9:22:20 PM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The family is an apparently endless curse on America.


7 posted on 04/08/2014 9:24:23 PM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
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To: RightGeek

8 posted on 04/08/2014 9:25:26 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Kozak

thank god roosevelt didn’t have a billion kids. thank god eleanor was gay. and a distant cousin.


9 posted on 04/08/2014 9:26:13 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: fwdude

He’ll have to find a replacement for an Oldsmobile since that line is no longer made.


10 posted on 04/08/2014 9:28:06 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"You may know that there is some remarkable DNA going on," Reed said. "We all want you to know that Ted Kennedy is very much his own man."

Remarkable DNA? Yeah I guess, a whole dynasty of lying, thieving, whoring, drunken bastards, now that's something you can build on!

11 posted on 04/08/2014 9:29:36 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have a dream...of the day when we will have no more Kennedys in office or running for office.

Enjoy Grandpa (great-grandpa?) Joe’s bootlegging money and leave the rest of us alone, m’kay?


12 posted on 04/08/2014 9:29:37 PM PDT by DemforBush (The scourge of mariachis and polka bands everywhere.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is not your father’s Oldsmobile.


13 posted on 04/08/2014 9:31:57 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: Mastador1

On the other hand, many of them have a knack for doing really stupid things that, shall we say, remove themselves from the gene pool.


14 posted on 04/08/2014 9:34:13 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps
On the other hand, many of them have a knack for doing really stupid things that, shall we say, remove themselves from the gene pool.

And yet, still we are having to put up with the dynasty of rumrunners and bought elections.

15 posted on 04/08/2014 9:37:23 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good grief! Is there a chance that we could have another Kennedy/Bush election? I saw where another Bush (Jeb, I think) is also planning to throw his hat in the ring…….


16 posted on 04/08/2014 9:38:55 PM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: Mastador1

Indeed. Bad pennies demand an apology.


17 posted on 04/08/2014 9:40:36 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: basil

I didn’t mean the next presidential race—but a few years down the line.


18 posted on 04/08/2014 9:41:45 PM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another communist rat bastard. Unfit to live in a free society.


19 posted on 04/08/2014 10:04:06 PM PDT by Noumenon (Resistance. Restoration. Retribution.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, I hope Connecticutters demand to know his position on enforcing their new guns laws on all of the non-compliant gun owners. Where does he stand? Jackboots ahoy!?!


20 posted on 04/08/2014 10:19:53 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

52, huh?

His dad was already pretty fat and pickled by then.


21 posted on 04/09/2014 1:34:44 AM PDT by Catmom (We're all gonna get the punishment only some of us deserve.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I live in this district. I will do everything I can to keep this POS out of office.


22 posted on 04/09/2014 3:16:24 AM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“cloaking himself in the legacy of his father and uncles”

drunkenness, debauchery and family privilege?


23 posted on 04/09/2014 4:12:32 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

CT voters, we don’t need a Kennedy. We need to tell the Dems that we aren’t impressed with the Kennedy name. I hope we will vote a Tea Party member in.


24 posted on 04/09/2014 5:01:55 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That so called ad is funny, but it not a real VW ad.


25 posted on 04/09/2014 5:04:45 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: Army Air Corps

Chevrolet...a Government Motor brand.


26 posted on 04/09/2014 5:05:41 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There are enough stupid people in CT to make this a reality.


27 posted on 04/09/2014 5:06:40 AM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: raybbr

You live in the district? Who is running against him? Hopefully a Tea Party member.


28 posted on 04/09/2014 5:07:50 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: ExCTCitizen

So long as it sinks slowly enough for him to “miraculously” escape - that is the only Kennedy-specific feature it will need.


29 posted on 04/09/2014 6:15:35 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: ExCTCitizen

I think it originally appeared as a spoof in the National Lampoon magazine.


30 posted on 04/09/2014 6:31:42 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: basil
Good grief! Is there a chance that we could have another Kennedy/Bush election?

Let's hope not. We've had enough of both!

31 posted on 04/09/2014 6:28:07 PM PDT by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So the party of the drunk and arrogant has found a young king from the massof2sh##s dynasty


32 posted on 04/22/2014 3:27:30 AM PDT by ronnie raygun
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